• Anees Bhayat

‘I Desire that We See Our Brothers…’


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Imām Muslim رحمه الله narrates on the authority of Abū Hurayrah رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ once entered the graveyard (of Baqī‘) and proclaimed, “Peace be upon you O [People of] the residence of the believing people! We shall soon be joining you, Allāh-willing.”

He then stated, “I desire that we have seen our brothers.” The Ṣaḥābah رضي الله عنهم asked, “Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allāh?”

He replied, “You are my companions; our brothers are those who have not yet come [into this world].” (Muslim)[1]

This ḥadīth demonstrates the great love the Prophet ﷺ had to see those from his Ummah who were to come into the world later on; that is you and me. Let us take this ḥadīth as an inspiration to behave in a way that if the Prophet ﷺ was to see us at this moment in time, he would be pleased with our obedience to Allāh and observance of his Sunnah. Not only that, but when he does finally see us in the Hereafter, on the Day of Judgement and at his Ḥawḍ (Pond), he recognises us to be his ardent followers, who he is able to offer a drink to, without being turned away. Āmīn.

[1] حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَيُّوبَ، وَسُرَيْجُ بْنُ يُونُسَ، وَقُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، وَعَلِيُّ بْنُ حُجْرٍ، جَمِيعًا عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ - قَالَ ابْنُ أَيُّوبَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ - أَخْبَرَنِي الْعَلَاءُ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَتَى الْمَقْبُرَةَ، فَقَالَ: «السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ دَارَ قَوْمٍ مُؤْمِنِينَ، وَإِنَّا إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ بِكُمْ لَاحِقُونَ، وَدِدْتُ أَنَّا قَدْ رَأَيْنَا إِخْوَانَنَا» قَالُوا: أَوَلَسْنَا إِخْوَانَكَ؟ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ قَالَ: «أَنْتُمْ أَصْحَابِي وَإِخْوَانُنَا الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بَعْدُ» فَقَالُوا: كَيْفَ تَعْرِفُ مَنْ لَمْ يَأْتِ بَعْدُ مِنْ أُمَّتِكَ؟ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ فَقَالَ: «أَرَأَيْتَ لَوْ أَنَّ رَجُلًا لَهُ خَيْلٌ غُرٌّ مُحَجَّلَةٌ بَيْنَ ظَهْرَيْ خَيْلٍ دُهْمٍ بُهْمٍ أَلَا يَعْرِفُ خَيْلَهُ؟» قَالُوا: بَلَى يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ قَالَ: " فَإِنَّهُمْ يَأْتُونَ غُرًّا مُحَجَّلِينَ مِنَ الْوُضُوءِ، وَأَنَا فَرَطُهُمْ عَلَى الْحَوْضِ أَلَا لَيُذَادَنَّ رِجَالٌ عَنْ حَوْضِي كَمَا يُذَادُ الْبَعِيرُ الضَّالُّ أُنَادِيهِمْ أَلَا هَلُمَّ فَيُقَالُ: إِنَّهُمْ قَدْ بَدَّلُوا بَعْدَكَ فَأَقُولُ سُحْقًا سُحْقًا. (رواه الإمام مسلم في صحيحه)

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